Owner of Oxford Universal Joins Panel at Upcoming Sustainable Architecture Event

Be a part of the upcoming discussion on sustainable architecture and discover how this important topic is impacting the Miami area—and the rest of world.

panel discussion sustainability architectureThe panel discussion and cocktail reception, “Grounded: Sustainable Architecture – Design in Harmony with Nature,” will be presented by ARC+ and Workbench—and Oxford Universal’s very own Marcelo Fernandes will join the event as a panelist.

“Personally, I am a huge proponent of trying to implement sustainability in every aspect of our lives,” Fernandes explained in a recent statement. “Our current daily practices are killing Mother Earth with a slow and gradual death. The only thing we can do as individuals is to think globally and act locally.”

The struggle is real

Buildings—both preexisting and new construction—are big offenders when it comes to global energy consumption. In fact, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USCBG), buildings out-consume the industrial (30 percent) and transportation (29 percent) sectors, creating 41 percent of total U.S. energy consumption.

If we’re to live and build in harmony with our environment, then sustainable architecture is a must. The USGBC continues to back this up, stating that:

Fernandes, and fellow panelists Jaya Kader (KZ Architecture), David Rifkind (FIU Associate Dean of Students), and Margarita Blanco (Arquitectonica Geo), will address these issues and the importance of sustainable architecture, while also fielding questions from the audience.


This event takes place at FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios on May 4, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST and is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please email grounded@workbenchdigital.com or visit the event’s Eventbrite page.

We hope to see you there!


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